Cork city council seeks views on banning cars on Patrick Street

Proposal to limit traffic on main thoroughfare to buses, taxis and bikes each afternoon

The strategy  envisages the upgrade of a number of junctions, the provision of new footpaths and cycle lanes. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The strategy envisages the upgrade of a number of junctions, the provision of new footpaths and cycle lanes. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

 
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ireann and taxi drivers to discuss a series of proposals under its city centre movement strategy.

Among the proposals is one to ban private cars from St Patrick’s Street from 12.30pm until 6.30pm, seven days a week, with access limited to buses, taxis and bicycles. Private cars would instead be directed along the city quays during the afternoon period. If given the go-ahead, the proposal could be adopted as early as mid-2016.

Pedestrian crossings

Among the other proposals are a change to traffic flow along Castle Street, which links Cornmarket Street and North Main Street, from westbound to eastbound.

Other proposals include making Grenville Place one-way eastbound, with westbound traffic using nearby Grattan Place to help reduce congestion around Mercy University Hospital .

Ambulance parking bays

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The strategy also envisages the upgrade of a number of junctions, the provision of new footpaths and cycle lanes, and the installation of more CCTV cameras in the city centre. It is proposed to introduce the strategy on a phased basis, and one of the longer-term proposals involves MacCurtain Street reverting back to a two-way system, as in the 1960s.

The more immediate proposed changes to St Patrick’s Street and other streets will go on display at Cork City Hall until May, with submissions from the public invited before June 5th.